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Get Help

In cases of emergency, call 765-285-1111 or 911.

If you've been a victim of a crime or witnessed a crime and you need confidential support services, contact the Office of Victim Services at 765-285-7844. For an after-hours victim advocate, please call 765-285-1111 and ask that the on-call victim advocate be paged.

Help a Friend

You are now a part of our campus community. You have the opportunity and responsibility to help friends, fellow classmates, even strangers in a moment of crisis. Consider becoming a Peer Victim Advocate (PVA) or Peer Health Educator (PHE) to help educate your fellow students on sexual assault prevention and responsible drinking behaviors. Being a PVA or PHE is a hands-on way to take action in trying to keep your friends and fellow students safe on campus.

How to Intervene

High risk drinking and its consequences are problems for college students across the United States. You can take action to stop the negative consequences on yourself, your friends, and your community.

Alcohol is the No. 1 date-rape drug and is a factor in nearly three-fourths of campus rapes. When you see someone using alcohol to help facilitate sex, don’t just dismiss his or her behavior or assume someone else will help. Be more than a bystander by watching out for your friends and others who have had too much to drink, and therefore cannot give or judge consent.

  • Recognize when friends are at risk and intervene to help them if you can do so safely.
  • If you feel safe, tell the perpetrator to stop his or her behavior in the moment.
  • There is power in numbers, so gather a group of people to intervene.
  • Ask a person in a potentially dangerous situation if he or she wants to leave, and then make sure he or she gets home safely.
  • Distract the person: Ask a man harassing a woman on the street for directions or the time.
  • Delegate: Talk to someone who has more social power: a bouncer, bartender, or residence hall advisor.
  • Call the police or yell for help.
  • Try to intervene as early as possible. But, if it is not safe for you to act in the moment, talk to the person after the event has happened. Ask the person violated if he or she is OK. Provide options and a listening ear.

Educate Yourself and Others

Familiarize yourself with the Indiana Lifeline Law and Ball State’s Good Neighbor Policy. Students are always encouraged to call for emergency assistance as needed, even at the risk of disciplinary action for one’s own conduct. When another person is in need of critical care or when a situation otherwise warrants emergency response, call 911 immediately. The Good Neighbor Exception provides students the opportunity for university disciplinary action to be waived if he/she risked revealing one’s own violation of the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities to seek medical or other emergency assistance for another person in distress.